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The feature film “Hunter Killer” is set to begin production in the tiny South-central community of Whittier, Alaska in January. The film has been in the works for at least five years, with the project once pre-approved for an Alaska film subsidy in 2012. Producers for the film said the project is now a reality, with about 90 percent filming to take place in the Alaska town of 229 people.

At a recent packed town hall meeting in the Whittier Public Works Building, executive producers Jamie Marshall and Scott Lumpkin pledged to hire as many local people as possible as extras or to provide services.

“This is work! It’s a ghost town in the winter”, said Gregg Ginn, a 54-year-old longshoreman. Ginn said he has lived in Whittier for 16 years and “this is the most exciting thing we’ve ever had.”

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Gerard Butler better dress warmly for his next movie!

According to sources Gerard Butler is headed to Alaska for the filming of his next big role.

According to the Alaska State Film office, “Hunter Killer”, the “big-budget military thriller about an American submarine captain’s attempt to rescue the Russian president, will soon be pre-approved for filming in Alaska.” The movie is based on the novel “Firing Point,” by George Wallace and Don Keith.

The Relativity Media film, currently called “Hunter Killer,” is supposedly in the planning stages. While Gerard Butler is in talks to take the leading role, the flick is expected to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, Variety reports.

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What’s next for filming in Alaska?

by kauri on November 17, 2010 · 0 comments

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Nov. 15, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - LIAM NEESON arriving at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1'' at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City on 11-15-2010.  2010..K66811HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

With the Hollywood movie “Everybody Loves Whaleswrapping up in Alaska within the next few weeks, state economic officials are wondering what the next big Alaska movie project will be.

Whatever the plot or size, one thing is sure: movies filmed in Alaska bring money to the state, which is why state officials are hoping their tax incentive will convince Hollywood to take an extra look, before shooting elsewhere.

The Grey,” a survival thriller starring Liam Neeson, set in Alaska and planned for a 2012 release, has been scouting different locations in Alaska, however the production has also been looking around Vancouver, which could end up adding this to the long list of movies set in Alaska but filmed out of state.

The State Commerce Department officials say that they still haven’t heard from the filmmakers, however that the company has expressed concerns about the lack of winter sunlight. Another bad sign is the fact that a production office for the film was operating this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Going the Distance actress Drew Barrymore makes a guest appearance on the John Stewart show in New York, New York, on August 25, 2010 Fame Pictures, Inc

If you live in the area around Bootlegger Cove you might as well get used to the camera crews as they will become a common sight over the next 10 weeks.

We previously reported that Everybody Loves Whales would start filming in Alaska in September, now the date has finally come. Universal Pictures started shooting near the Anchorage cove last Thursday.

As you may remember, the movie, directed by Ken Kwapis, is based on the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales that got trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

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